Winter Rock

I was out climbing today at Rob’s Reed with Martin and Ivor. Despite being mid November the crag was dry. It was however cold (take a good down jacket for belaying if visiting).

We climbed some superb routes on all different angles and hold types. Rob’s Reed is well worth a visit for those climbing F6a+ and above.

Photos on the facebook page.

 

 

Rob’s Reed

Euan, Ivor and I were back at Rob’s Reed near Forfar again today. Temperatures were quite cool and the forecast sun never quite appeared, but there was still plenty to do at this good sandstone conglomerate sports crag.

Euan leading the aptly named “Welcome to the Big Pocket” with Ivor belaying.

Rob’s Reed

Euan, Ivor and I were out sport climbing at Rob’s Reed near Forfar today. The majority of the routes were dry and the friction was good in the cold temperatures, although a warm-up was definitely worthwhile for the often fingery and technical routes. It was great to be able to get out on rock at this time of year.

Ivor looking very comfortable leading “Horny Deer?” as a warm-up.

The Law and Robs Reed

Yesterday, Ivor, martin and I visited North Berwick Law and today we visited Rob’s Reed. Despite last weeks heavy rain both venues are still dry with very, very few routes seeping.

Both venues are easily doable in a day from Edinburgh and provide good climbing. North Berwick Law is easier for the tall while Rob’s Reed suits all heights.

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Rob’s Reed and Elephant Rock

Ivor and I went to Rob’s Reed on Wednesday and Elephant Rock today.

The conditions were good at Robs Reed where we climbed a number of routes. The highlight of the day was Ivor’s redpoint ascent of Autobahn (F6C+). I really enjoyed the three star Climb and Punishment and would recommend this as a route for those climbing in the sevens.

Today Elephant Rock was in great condition being warm and dry (it was 21 degrees at the crag today). However, careful route choice is required as there are a number of Housemartins and Gulls nesting on the crag. There are still plenty of routes to do without nesting birds making it very hard to justify disturbing the locals!

The climbing at Elephant Rock was excellent. To fully enjoy it I would go on a warm, sunny day and aim to finish climbing early afternoon when the sun leaves the crag.

Ivor belaying at Elephant Rock.

Ivor belaying at Elephant Rock.

Rob’s Reed

Euan, Ivor and I were back sport climbing at Rob’s Reed near Forfar again today. We were all trying project routes for us, so were working hard.

Ivor working the very good Autobahn.

Ivor working the very good Autobahn.

The crag was dry, sunny and sheltered from the North-East wind making for ideal climbing conditions.

Rob’s Reed

Euan, Ivor and I were out again sport climbing in Angus today. We climbed at the conglomerate sandstone crag of Rob’s Reed near Forfar. Routes here tend to be vertical to overhanging and can be difficult to read due to the conglomerate offering lots of potential options; some of which are right.

Euan heel hooking through the roof on the two star Car Pit Baggers.

Euan heel hooking through the roof on the two star Car Pit Baggers.

The crag is very dry for the time of year with all routes looking to be in climbable condition. Another good day to get the rock climbing going for the season.

Rob’s Reed

Ivor and I were climbing at Rob’s Reed today near Forfar. Despite last nights rain the crag was the driest I have ever seen it. Conditions were good in the November sunshine.

Photo by Ivor McCourt.

Photo by Ivor McCourt.

A Days Cragging

Ivor and I were at Rob’s Reed today. We normally climb here in the spring and autumn and I was surprised how much undergrowth springs up around the crag in the summer and how much the trees shelter the crag from the sun.

We did have a good day but some routes are a bit damp and the friction was not as good on the harder routes as it is when the vegetation is low.

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7A at 70!!

Ivor, Martin and I were out climbing at Robs Reed. This is an excellent, well bolted venue near Forfar which is quick drying. The highlight of the day was Ivor redpointing F7A. This is an excellent effort which is even better given that Ivor turned 70 in February.

There are more photos and a video clip on the climbnow facebook page.

Ivor climbing at Robs Reed.

Ivor climbing at Robs Reed.